Lastly, and certainly not least, the first round pick for this upcoming draft.
The last storyline to keep an eye on involves a draft pick. The Blackhawks traded their first round draft pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Seth Jones. The trade involved a lot more than that but for now the draft pick for this upcoming NHL draft is what matters most.
There might be some who believe tanking for the first or second overall picks is the best strategy as those are what the team is covered with in the draft lottery, but the chances of the team successfully getting one of those top picks is not high enough to make tanking a worth while thing. The team needs to just keep going and see what happens at the end of the season.
The draft pick might be on the back of some peoples minds, but there is nothing that can be done for now. The other component of the draft pick is who gets to actually claim it.
The Blackhawks are looking for a full time president of hockey operations and probably coach and general manager as well. Letting Kyle Davidson or Derek King change this team a lot might not be the best move until a future decision is made. If King and Davidson are the franchise's guys then make it official and give them the titles, then they can make decisions knowing they are here for the long haul.
The season still has a long way to go and I cannot wait to watch all these different storylines play out. The team's next game is on Monday against the Flames.